Cancer Voices NSW consumer representatives contribute to cancer research and decision-making by representing the needs and issues of people affected by cancer. They participate in committees and working parties of organisations like the following:
Cancer consumer representatives also sit on many working parties for site-specific cancers (e.g. breast, prostate, bowel, lung, etc) for their own member organisations, and at state and national levels.
To request a consumer representative please complete the online form.
All our consumer representatives are trained. Information about training to be a consumer representative or consumer advocacy can be found at Consumer Training.
Cancer Voices NSW operates on Best Practice Principles of Consumer Participation (see position statement). When we nominate a Consumer Representative, it means we have confidence that person will be able to offer the broad view of people affected by cancer – as best they can – not just their own individual view. Our nominee takes a place on a committee to offer a cancer consumer perspective – i.e. representing the needs and interests of people affected by cancer. He or she is not expected to provide a CVN organisational view, only the Chair, or delegated Office Bearers need to do that, and very occasionally.
For a full description of the CIR Program, including training, matching and consumer priorities for research, see CIR Overview.